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Violence In Schools

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has studied the dossier produced by the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers on the subject of violence in schools, with particular reference to the city of Leeds, a copy of which has been sent to him; and if he will consider issuing guidance to local education authorities on the problem.

My right hon. Friend and I have studied the report, which is primarily for consideration by the local education authority. Violence in schools needs to be dealt with firmly but it is for each authority to develop its own responses to the problem and we have no plans to issue guidance.